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USS Cimarron (AO-177)
USS Cimarron (AO-177) off Apra Harbor pt 1983.jpeg
USS Cimarron before the jumboization, 1983
Career (USA)
Name: USS Cimarron
Namesake: Cimarron River
Awarded: 9 August 1976
Builder: Avondale Shipyards
Laid down: 18 May 1978
Launched: 28 April 1979
Acquired: 15 December 1980
Commissioned: 10 January 1981
Decommissioned: 15 December 1998
Struck: 3 May 1999
Status: Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Ship passed through the Panama Canal on 15 December 2012 on its way to a ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.
General characteristics
Displacement: 36,977 tons full load
Length: 700 ft (210 m)
Beam: 88 ft (27 m)
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Propulsion: Steam Turbine
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 12 officers, 148 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 25 MM Cannons 2 × 20 MM Phalanx Cannons CIWIS 4 × 50 Cal. Machine Guns

U.S.S. Cimarron (AO-177) was the lead ship of the Cimarron-class of fleet oilers of the United States Navy. Cimarron was built at the Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) starting in 1978 and was commissioned in 1981 for service in the Pacific Fleet. Total cost for the ship was $136.7 million. Between 1989 and 1991 Cimarron was "jumboized", meaning that, after cutting the ship into two sections after about a third from the bow, a 35.7 m long section was added to increase the fuel load. Cimarron was decommissioned in 1998. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register the following year and her title was transferred to the Maritime Administration. On 26 January 1999 she departed Pearl Harbor under tow and was placed in Susuin Bay, California, with the National Defense Reserve Fleet, where she remains currently moored.

Cimarron laid up at Suisun Bay (third ship from the right).


  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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